Although rare, shingles can also develop in younger people. This is more common when the immune system has been compromised by HIV/AIDS, cancer, cancer treatments, long use of steroids, or drugs that suppress the immune system. Stress can also be a factor in shingles at any age, because stress lowers the immune response. Stress can actually bring on a break out.
Just as with chicken pox, a person with shingles is contagious and can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who hasn’t had chickenpox. This happens when there is direct contact with the open sores of shingles. If infected by the open shingles rash, the person will develop chickenpox, not shingles. Shingles is only contagious is if you’ve never had chickenpox. In this case, someone with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to you, because the virus does not exist in body.
Shingles and chickenpox can be dangerous for some groups of people. Until your shingles blisters scab over, you are contagious and should avoid physical contact with newborns, pregnant women, and anyone with a weak immune system.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm can also work internally to help heal the shingles virus. Taking lemon balm as a herbal tea, either hot or iced, will help to heal the shingles sores faster. Drink 3 to 5 cups a day while symptoms are present. Use honey to sweeten.
Lemon balm tea can also be used as a cooling wash for the sores. Make an infusion (tea), and let steep for 20 minutes. Pour into your bath tub, and add a little cool water. Used as a sitz bath, the lemon balm will help to calm and heal the sores. If you aren’t able to take a bath, lemon balm tea can be gently put onto the sores. No need to rinse.
Cautions of Lemon Balm
Lemon balm should not be used by those taking thyroid medications. It can interact causing the meds to be less effective.
Due to it’s sedating effects, if taking lemon balm internally, caution should be used around driving, or using machinery. It causes severe drowsiness in some and should not be taken if you need to be alert.
Do not take internally if you are already taking tranquilizers. This could cause too much sedation.
If you are pregnant or nursing lemon balm should be avoided. Because of lemon balms affect on the bodies hormone balance, it could affect the uterus.